Sauteed Cod and Peas With Carrot Broth

9 05 2016

Here’s a sexy little restaurant-worthy dish to start your week out right! And since you need wine for the recipe, treat yourself to a glass while you whip this beauty up…you deserve it!

Sauteed Cod and Peas With Carrot Broth

The following serves 2 (compliments of Cuisine Lite Menus for Two and This Girl’s Gotta Eat):

  • 1 cup cooked frozen crinkle cut carrots
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup diced onion
  • 1 Tbsp grated ginger (use the kind in the tube for ease)
  • Dry white wine
  • Salt
  • Hot sauce of your choice
  • 2 pieces of skinless, boneless cod
  • 4 tsp olive oil, plus more for the fish
  • Paprika
  • 1 and 1/2 cups frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbsp chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish

Cook carrots according to package directions and strain. Add broth and cooked carrots to high-powered blender and process until smooth. Remove puree and set aside.

Cook 1/2 cup of the onions and ginger in 2 tsp oil in the same saucepan you used to cook the carrots. Cook over medium heat until onion softens, 3 minutes. Deglaze pan with 1/4 cup wine, cook for a minute, then add the carrot puree. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 10-15 minutes, covered or partially covered as it will splatter. Season broth with salt to taste and a dash of your favorite hot sauce.

Meanwhile coat the fish with a little oil and season liberally with salt and paprika on both sides. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium. Add fish and saute 4 minutes. Turn the fish, add a splash of wine and saute another 4 minutes, or until the fish flakes easily when pierced with a fork.

While the broth and the fish are cooking, heat the remaining 2 tsp oil in a medium skillet and saute the remaining 1/4 cup onion until beginning to soften, 3 minutes. Add peas, cook 3-5 minutes. Deglaze pan with a splash more of the wine and season with salt to taste. Add butter, chopped cilantro and remove from heat, tossing until the butter melts.

Spoon out the carrot broth between two shallow bowls, top with peas, fish (and some of the liquid it cooked it) and garnish with cilantro.





Pasta Salad With Pineapple-Zucchini Salsa

21 06 2015

This pasta salad is light, fresh and super tasty – great for serving in the summer! I love taking ideas I see on in my fav cooking shows or magazines and making them my own. This recipe is a great example, thanks to the Food Network’s The Kitchen for the pineapple-zucchini salsa idea!

Pasta Salad With Pineapple-Zucchini Salsa

Pasta Salad With Pineapple-Zucchini Salsa

The following serves 6-8 (compliments of This Girl’s Gotta Eat and The Kitchen):

  • 2 small to medium-size zucchini, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1/2 of a peeled and cored pineapple
  • 1/2 cup diced cucumber
  • 1 lb gemelli pasta
  • 2 small to medium-size shallots, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp minced fresh ginger (save yourself time and use it from the tube)
  • 2 tsp finely diced jalapeno or your favorite hot sauce, use more or less depending on how much spice you like
  • 6 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 Tbsp Champagne or Chardonnay Wine Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro or mint
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste

Preheat grill to medium. Grill the pineapple and zucchini for a few minutes on each side until beginning to char. You still want the zucchini to have a little crunch. Remove from the grill and set aside. Once cool enough to handle, diced the pineapple and zucchini and add to a large bowl or casserole dish. Toss with the cucumber, and season lightly with salt and pepper to taste.

In a small bowl, whisk the shallots, ginger, jalapeno or hot sauce, oil and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add dressing to the pineapple-zucchini mixture and toss to combine.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to boil. Season with salt and cook pasta to al dente, according to package directions. Drain and return to pan to cool slightly.

Add the slightly cooled pasta to the dressed pineapple-zucchini mixture. Add the cilantro or mint and toss everything well to combine. Season with a little more salt and pepper to taste if needed. You can also add more oil or vinegar if you’d like.

Store covered in the fridge for at least an hour before serving.





Pretzel Brat-Mi

15 07 2014

I’m teaming up with Orlando Baking Company again, this time featuring recipes for their awesome pretzel buns! First up is this fun, party-worthy brat that’s a riff on a classic Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwich.

The zing and crunch from the slaw cuts through the richness of the brat perfectly. Pair it with this sturdy and flavorful pretzel bun which has a bit of a sweet note on its own, for one delicious summer bite!

Enjoy these for dinner, or cut them in half and serve them as an appetizer at your next cookout!

Pretzel Brat-MiThe following serves 2 (compliments of This Girl’s Gotta Eat):

  • 4 Orlando Pretzel Hot Dog Buns
  • 4 turkey brats, you can use whatever you like or have such as pork or chicken brats
  • 1 bunch of cilantro leaves, about 1 cup packed
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 candy onion stem chopped, or 1/2 cup of sliced green onions
  • 2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • Juice and zest of half a lime
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp habanero hot sauce, or whatever hot sauce you like (use less if you don’t like it as spicy)
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups matchstick carrots
  • 1 cup shredded cabbage
  • 4 green onions, sliced for garnish

Add cilantro, garlic, vinegar, lime juice and zest, hot sauce, kosher salt and olive oil to a food processor and process until smooth. Will make about 1 cup. Toss with carrots and cabbage. You can add more carrots or cabbage to adjust the amount of the sauce to your liking too. Store covered in the fridge.

Preheat grill to medium-high.

Add some water to a large skillet. Add the brats, cover and cook over medium-high heat until plump and partially cooked, just a few minutes. Remove brats from the water and pat to dry. Transfer brats to pre-heated grill to finish cooking through and to get a char on the outside. Grill a few minutes on all sides. Remove from the grill and allow to rest a few minutes.

Place brats on pretzel buns, top with slaw and garnish with green onion. Serve with more slaw on the side if you’d like.

* Buns received courtesy of Orlando Baking Company. All thoughts and opinions are strictly my own.





Grilled Pineapple and Red Pepper Salsa

14 07 2014

This is a super tasty and refreshing salsa, perfect to enjoy with friends and fam on a hot summer day! I know my fam gobbled it up at a picnic we had this past weekend! Bobby Flay’s grilled pineapple relish was my inspiration for this appetizer, well that, and all the pretty produce in my fridge. Don’t be afraid to play around with the fruit and veggies in this….it’s great to use what you have on hand!

Grilled Pineapple and Red Pepper Salsa

The following makes around 3 cups (compliments of This Girl’s Gotta Eat):

  • 2 cups grilled pineapple, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut in half lengthwise, seeds and stem removed, grilled and chopped
  • Olive oil
  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped
  • 2-3 medium radishes, chopped
  • 1/4 bunch of green onions, finely chopped
  • 1/4 bunch of cilantro, finely chopped
  • Zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 3-4 Tbsp rice wine vinegar (use more or less to your liking)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp hot sauce (use more or less depending how spicy you want the salsa, I used a habanero hot sauce which is very spicy, so a little went a long way)
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Tortilla chips, great with blue corn!

Preheat grill to medium-high.

Drizzle pineapple and red pepper with a little olive oil. Grill covered, until char marks start to form, a few minutes on all sides. Remove from the grill to a plate and set aside until cool enough to handle. Once cooled, chop pineapple and pepper. I grilled a whole cored pineapple and used what I thought would be enough in the salsa and saved the rest for another meal. You can adjust the amount of pineapple used in this salsa based on your preference.

Combine chopped pineapple, pepper, radishes, green onions and cilantro. Add the lime zest and juice, vinegar and hot sauce and stir well. Taste and adjust seasoning. I like the acid as it is, but if it’s too much you can add a little more hot sauce or add some olive oil. Season with salt to taste.

Store covered in the fridge until ready to serve. This salsa can be made a day in advance. Serve with multi-grain or blue corn tortilla chips.





Mini Crab Cakes With Mango Chutney and Cilantro-Avocado Sauce

16 06 2014

I recently started a supper club with a group of close friends of ours, and this past weekend we headed to the beaches of OBX! Well not literally, but with an awesome spread of sea-side food it felt like we did!

My contribution included these awesome baked mini crab cakes, with a delicious creamy sauce and tangy chutney! Try not to be overwhelmed with how long this recipe is. There are several parts, which honestly have a lot of ingredients, and there’s a good amount of chopping to be done. But it’ll be worth it, especially if you’re out to impress your friends and fam because these are superbly delicious! My only regret is not having made extras!

Mini Crab Cakes (2)

The following makes 16 crab cakes (compliments of This Girl’s Gotta Eat, Ina Garten and Emeril Lagasse):

For the crab cakes:

  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small diced red onion (3/4 cup)
  • 1 and 1/2 cups small diced celery (4 stalks)
  • 1 small diced red bell pepper (1/2 cup)
  • 1 small diced yellow bell pepper (1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh flat leaf parsley
  • 1/4 tsp hot sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp Old Bay seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 can (16 oz) wild caught crab meat or 1/2 pound lump crabmeat, drained and check that there aren’t any shells
  • 1/2 cup plain dry bread crumbs or panko
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 extra-large eggs, lightly beaten
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add onion, celery, peppers, parsley, hot sauce, Worcestershire, Old Bay and salt. Mix to combine and cook until the veggies are soft, about 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and cool to room temperature.
  2. In a large bowl, break up the lump crabmeat into small pieces and toss with the bread crumbs, mayonnaise, mustard and eggs. Add the cooled veggies mixture and mix well. Cover and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350.
  4. Using an ice cream scooper, scoop out small portions of the crab mixture (to make mini crab cakes) and place on non-stick baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes. Increase the heat to 450 and bake for another 5-10 minutes to help get a golden crust.

For the Mango Salsa (makes about 1 and 1/2 cups):

  • 1 ripe mango, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped poblano peppers
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red bell peppers
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onions
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped cilantro
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt
  1. Combine mango, poblano, peppers, onion and garlic in a bowl and mix. Add vinegar, cilantro and salt and stir well.
  2. Refrigerate in an air-tight container with a lid until you’re ready to serve.
For the Cilantro-Avocado Sauce (makes about 2 cups):
  • 1 ripe avocado, pitted
  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup packed cilantro
  • 1 and 1/2 Tbsp orange juice
  • 1/2 lime zested
  • 1 lime juiced (about 4-5 Tbsp)
  • 1/4 tsp coriander
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp hot sauce
  1. Combine everything in a food processor and process until smooth.
  2. Transfer to a squeeze bottle and store in the fridge until ready to serve.

 To serve:

  • Using your squeeze bottle full of sauce, squeeze some of the sauce onto a large serving plate (or in individual cups like shown above). Top with one crab cake if plating individually, then top with some of the mango salsa.




Chorizo With Black Beans and Cheddar Polenta

13 06 2014

Tonight’s yummy Mexican dinner was made with nearly all Fresh Fork Market ingredients from our share this week, and was a labor of love! While not too complicated, there are multiple parts to this which did take some time. Like the black beans for instance….I used dried for the first time and am now converted! The most time-consuming part of making dried beans is soaking them, so just plan ahead, and either soak overnight or in the morning before you head to work.

Chorizo with black beans and cheddar polenta

The following serves 2-4 (compliments of This Girl’s Gotta Eat):

  • 1 cup organic dried black beans
  • Water
  • 1/2 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 Tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 3 smashed garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 can (4 oz) diced green chilies
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 pound bulk ground chorizo
  • 1 bell pepper, whatever color you like, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2-3 garlic scapes, chopped or garlic cloves minced
  • 1 small head fresh spinach leaves
  • 2 cups low-sodium, reduced-fat chicken broth, plus more for deglazing
  • 1/2 cup corn meal
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Fresh chopped cilantro
  • Fresh salsa
  • Corn crackers or tortilla chips for garnish

Rinse black beans well, in a strainer. Soak 1 cup of dried beans in 3 cups of water for 6-10 hours. You can either do this overnight, or in the morning before you head to work. After 6-10 hours, drain the beans, add to a medium pot and add 3 cups of water or chicken stock and bring to a boil. Add the cumin, oregano, bay leaves, smashed garlic cloves, and 1/4 cup chopped onion. Cook over medium heat for 60 minutes, or until tender, stirring occasionally. If your liquid starts to evaporate before the beans are done, just add some more water or stock. During the last 5 minutes of cooking, add the diced chilies, juice of 1 lime and salt to taste.

Start the chorizo part after the beans have been cooking for about 30 minutes. In a large cast iron skillet, heat a little olive oil over medium-high heat and add the small chopped onion and bell peppers. Saute for a few minutes until beginning to softened. Add the garlic scapes or garlic, cook until fragrant about a minute. Add the chorizo, breaking up with a wooden spoon. Saute until the meat crumbles and starts to get a nice brown on it, stirring occasionally. Deglaze the pan with a little chicken stock, a turn or two of the pan. Be sure to scrape up any brown bits that have formed on the bottom of the pan. Add spinach to the chorizo and cook until wilted. Season lightly with salt to taste.

Next make the polenta, just note it cooks fast. Also note this portion is for about 2 people. Bring 2 cups chicken broth to a boil. Slowly whisk in the corn meal. Reduce heat to low and continue to whisk the polenta constantly for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and vigorously stir in the cheddar cheese until fully melted and incorporated.

Right before serving, garnish both the chorizo mixture and the black beans with some chopped cilantro.

To serve, dish out the polenta, the black beans and the chorizo mixture onto plates. Top with a dollop of fresh salsa and some corn crackers or tortilla chips for some crunch and for scooping.





Marinated Petite Sirloin With Cilantro Chimichurri and Baked Sweet Potato Fries

27 04 2014

Here’s a healthy steak and potato dinner, packed with tons of flavor, both from the marinade and the chimichurri sauce! Don’t be intimated by the length of this post or the list of ingredients. This meal is elegant, but fairly simple…great for a Sunday supper or date night.

Marinated Petite Sirloin With Cilantro Chimichurri and Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Marinated Petite Sirloin With Cilantro Chimichurri and Baked Sweet Potato Fries

The following serves 2 (compliments of This Girl’s Gotta Eat and Food Network Magazine):

For the marinade and the steak:

  • 2 petite sirloin steaks
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 2 large garlic gloves, smashed
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • Good pinch of kosher salt
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes

Whisk the marinade ingredients until well combined, and allow to sit for a few minutes. Place steaks in a small casserole dish and top with marinade. Turn to coat well, cover with plastic wrap and store in the fridge until ready to grill. Marinate at least 2-4 hours. Remove from the fridge and bring to room temp, about 30 minutes before you’re ready to grill.

When you’re ready to grill, remove steaks from the marinade. Preheat grill to medium-high and grill steaks to desired temp (130 to 145 degrees F is the range between medium-rare and medium), basting the steaks with the marinade as they grill if you want. Remove from the grill, tent with foil and allow to rest at least 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, for the baked sweet potato fries:

  • 2 sweet potatoes, cut into matchstick-size pieces
  • 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • Sprinkle smoked paprika

Preheat oven to 450.

Toss cut potatoes with oil, salt and paprika, making sure everything is coated evenly. Place potatoes on a baking sheet lined with a silpat, evenly in one layer. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Flip fries and bake another 15-20 minutes until golden brown and crisp.

While the fries are baking and steak is resting, make the cilantro chimichurri:

  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1-2 garlic cloves
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Add all chimichurri ingredients to a blender or food processor and process until smooth. Transfer to a bowl until ready to serve.

Serve steak with fries and top with chimichurri. Serve with extra chimichurri on the side to dip the fries in. Store extra chimichurri in a covered tupperware in the fridge.